HYDERABAD: Reiterating their stand for united Andhra Pradesh, both the YSR Congress and CPI (M) on Sunday have decided to boycott the group of ministers (GoM) on Telangana and chose not offer any suggestion in reply to its letter seeking views of the political parties on the bifurcation issue.
In a letter written to the Union home ministry, YSR Congress president Janganmohan Reddy said, “We reiterate our stated stand that we are against any move to divide the state of Andhra Pradesh. We further want to make it clear in no uncertain terms that our party is committed to an integrated AP and oppose any move to divide it.”
“Since the GoM has been set up with the sole objective of facilitating the division of state, we strongly oppose the GoM,” Jagan added.
He also urged the Centre to rollback the decision taken to divide the state.
On similar lines, B V Raghavulu, state secretary of CPI (M), wrote to joint secretary of the Union home ministry and said his party would not respond to the letter soliciting suggestions on the division. “You may be aware that, from the beginning, Communist Party of India (Marxist) has been opposing the disintegration of any linguistic state including Andhra Pradesh. Therefore, we feel that there is no relevance for responding by us, at this juncture, to the terms of reference which are meant for bifurcation of the state,” Raghvulu said in the letter.
Meanwhile, the pro-division CPI wrote to the GoM urging the Centre to expedite the process of formation of Telangana. However, the party state secretary K Narayana said his party also demanded the Centre to address the concerns of the Seemandhra people arising out of the division and ensure justice given to both the regions.
The BJP state president G Kishan Reddy said his party would take some more time before writing a reply.